What Did You Learn from Drucker?
post # 356 — April 18, 2007 — a General post
About a year ago, I participated in a webinar entitled “Best Selling Authors Pay tribute to Peter Drucker.” Apart from myself, the 80-minute audio seminar (which you can still listen to here) featured:
- Tom Peters, business consultant and best-selling author of â€œIn Search of Excellenceâ€ and many other titles
- Frances Hesselbein, founding president and chairman of the board of governors of the Leader to Leader Institute
- Marshall Goldsmith, Ph.D., consultant and best-selling editor of more than 20 business books, including â€œCoaching for Leadershipâ€
In September of this year, the same group of people will be repeating our tribute, live and on a larger scale in Sydney, Australia. (To get details of the program, contact the Australian Institute of Management.)
In addition to a panel, we will each be making in-person presentations about how Peter Drucker influenced our work.
During the 2006 webinar, I said that, after the Bible and Shakespeare, Peter Drucker was the most quoted and least read author in history.
My question for all of you out there who have read his work is: what’s the most important lesson YOU took away from Peter Drucker? How did he influence your approach to management and business?
Wally Bock said:
Instead of one thing, let me suggest a troika that came from The Effective Executive. Focus on contribution. Build on strength. Allocate resources to opportunity.
On a personal note, at an age when I was very much younger, I learned the value of the Zero Draft in lucid writing. That’s the draft before the first draft when you discover what you need to know.
posted on April 18, 2007